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Michele Bachmann Balks At 'Gotcha' Question On Anti-Gay Comments: VIDEO


In 2004, Michele Bachmann told a group of educators that gay people and life are "part of Satan."

"We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders," she said at the time. "This is a very real issue... It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay."

She went on, "Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous.”

Now that she's running for president, it's only fair that the Minnesota congresswoman address such outrageous, hateful claims, right? Not according to Bachmann; she refused to answer CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien's questions about her social stances this morning.

"You have taken a lot of flak for some of your very strong social issues, where you stand on them, and I want to talk about some of them," O'Brien began. "Your stance on homosexuality — and want to read a little bit of what you said — You said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, ‘Gays live a very sad life,’ and that ‘it’s part of Satan’ And that’s quote. You’ve taken a lot of flak for that. Do you pull back on any of that?

Describing the quote as a "bizarre thing to bring up" during such economic times, Bachmann also accused O'Brien of playing "gotcha journalism."

"It's a gotcha question coming way out of the past," said Bachmann. It's too bad O'Brien didn't followup by asking about Marcus Bachmann's "ex-gay" counseling services, a more recent and just as ugly incident lurking in Mrs. Bachmann's political closet.

Watch video of Bachmann bobbing and weaving, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Bizarre to bring it up? This beast brings up her hatred of gay Americans whenever she can.

    It must really suck to be married to a closeted homosexual and be frightened that at any moment he might dump you for some man.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 3, 2012 12:00:28 PM

  2. When will we drop this whole "social issues" crap? It's hateful bigotry against gay people. Call it what it is, Soledad!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 3, 2012 12:00:30 PM

  3. As she is so frequent to say "she is running for the Presidency of the United States". Therefore, there are no "gotcha" questions, especially when it comes to statements that have come from her own mouth in a public forum, regardless of how long ago it was.

    The only "gotcha" question for her would be "How long have you known your husband is a homosexual?"

    Posted by: Jeremy | Jan 3, 2012 12:02:08 PM

  4. Gays and Satan?? It is scary to think that people running for office, are ignorant and unfair to the people that make up this great country. If Satan does exist, it is in the words uttered by Michele Bachmann.

    Posted by: Professor Locs | Jan 3, 2012 12:16:15 PM

  5. Amazing post! Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Posted by: research paper help | Jan 3, 2012 12:21:55 PM

  6. This is why people think she's incapable of being President. Which she clearly is.

    She'll be history come tomorrow.

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 3, 2012 12:25:56 PM

  7. This women, as well as Santorum, is really sick. Her attitude is that being gay can be changed, that a gay person is held in "bondage" - well, I tell you this much. If my love for my husband is a bondage then I'm one hell of a happy camper. We, as a community, need to wipe the floor with sick right wing fanatics. They belong in mental institutions.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 3, 2012 12:39:42 PM

  8. "How dare you ask me about words that I said! That's Gotcha Journalism!"

    What a phony waste of space she is.

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 3, 2012 12:58:04 PM

  9. Gotcha Journalism: A query that you are unprepared to answer factually; or that you know makes you look stupid, incompetent, ill-suited, or bigoted.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | Jan 3, 2012 1:00:42 PM

  10. Grow up Bachmann and take responsibility for your words and actions. It's outrageous behavior as she is the first person to wield a quote from anyone's past yet she is unwilling to step up and own her own words. Imagine that people will be just as hard on you and hold you accountable for your words as you and your party are on President Obama...imagine. Please follow Ms. yesterday's news, your 15 minutes are up Palin and go away.

    Posted by: Dorishin | Jan 3, 2012 1:15:34 PM

  11. these people are absolutely disgusting! I don't generally donate money to candidates but I will donate to anyone running against Bachmann for Congress. She needs to go!

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jan 3, 2012 1:23:51 PM

  12. Damn those journalists, always quoting what people said in the past in order to further their own liberal, fascist agendas! Poor Michelle is going down for the third time, anybody want to hand her a glass of water?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 3, 2012 1:31:26 PM

  13. Hard line social conservatives are going to have a very difficult time running for office in a generation or two.

    Posted by: ophu | Jan 3, 2012 1:40:38 PM

  14. How is her stance towards gay people off topic when, as president, she would be governing us? Also, her tone towards Soledad O'Brien was condescending.

    Posted by: Ryan J. | Jan 3, 2012 1:44:33 PM

  15. I prefer the Michelle with two "l's." By tomorrow morning, Bachmann will be a footnote. As in "asterisk; Palin, see also."

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jan 3, 2012 1:55:36 PM

  16. I, for one, would love to see Michelle get the nomination. Or Santorum. They would ensure Barack's re-election only because they would be revealed more broadly as the idiots they really are. Put them out there in the mainstream and let them be pummeled into obscurity. That will surely hasten change.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 3, 2012 1:57:16 PM

  17. When will these reporters learn that Michelle Bachmann will always only talk about what she wants to talk about, that is, she will recite her talking points, regardless of the question? She's a known quantity, prepare for it, reporters.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 3, 2012 2:17:24 PM

  18. @Tim: fully agreed.

    @Dastius: you make it sound like it's wrong for reporters to ask reasonable questions about the words and views of a presidential candidate. No one cares about her stale talking points.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 3, 2012 2:23:49 PM

  19. If there's a God in Heaven, she'll come in last tonight. Won't that be grrreat?!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jan 3, 2012 2:24:13 PM

  20. "Religious liberty"... oh dear, I hope her campaign will be over after Iowa.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 3, 2012 3:14:38 PM

  21. Paul R, if that's how I make it sound, then I didn't get my point across well. I think Bachmann, et al, SHOULD be asked those questions by reporters, but those reporters should prepare for the expected deflection and recitation of talking points, and challenge them on it and not let them get away with it. Be tougher. If Michelle Bachmann is asked about her calling homosexuality "from satan", don't let her get away with an answer about "Obamacare".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 3, 2012 3:15:37 PM

  22. If you’re gay, then being involved in the straight lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why ALL Repugs are so dangerous.

    Posted by: Pointed | Jan 3, 2012 3:51:16 PM

  23. This woman doesn't make me angry. I just pity her.

    Posted by: Franco | Jan 3, 2012 4:28:47 PM

  24. So where's the part where O'Brien asks her why, if Bachmann is "for families", she's against allowing gays to get married and support their families?

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 4, 2012 12:51:03 AM

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    Posted by: college research papers | Feb 21, 2012 3:39:35 AM

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